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Louis D Cross


Louis Cross served as a pilot with the 78th Fighter Group. Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 551FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 495th Fighter Training Group

    495th Fighter Training Group

    The 495th Fighter Training Group, which operated in England from December 1943, trained P-47 Thunderbolt pilots. These pilots, who had received the basic training in the USA would be assigned to a training group to practise ETO operational procedures...

  • 551st Fighter Training Squadron
  • 82nd Fighter Squadron


  • 41-6345

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred 552FS, 495FG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...


Event Location Date
Born Texas, USA 19 June 1919
Lived in 1941

College Station, TX

Enlisted Houston, TX 4 March 1942
Based 16 February 1943 – 6 March 1944

Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Duxford, UK 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Based 6 March 1944 – 1945

Transferred to 551FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Dallas, TX 23 December 1996


Date Contributor Update
12 October 2018 08:19:50 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
24 May 2015 14:06:30 Lucy May Changes to highest rank, role and biography

Combined two entries for Louis D Cross. This entry now includes information from the following source:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / EAGLES OF DUXFORD, The 78th Fighter Group in WW2 by Fry, p132

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:08 AAM AAM ingest

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list